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Sarasota County Schools Receives Recognition from Florida Department of Education for Five Star and Golden Schools

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SARASOTA COUNTY, October 3, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools is proud to announce that the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has given 18 schools with the Five Star School Award and 41 schools with the Golden School Award for the 2017 – 2018 school year. These prestigious awards are given to public, specialty and charter schools statewide.

“We are grateful to have such an involved community committed to supporting our students and schools,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Our students are thriving because of their dedicated teachers and quality curriculum, but also because of additional volunteer and business support. The district implements its yearly budget thoughtfully and carefully – the many volunteer hours and extra fundraising efforts from our business partners are an invaluable resource for our schools.”

“Our district is honored to receive this recognition from the Florida Department of Education,” stated Lyndsey Cantees, coordinator of the Office of Community Involvement. “The volunteers have a huge impact on the overflow success of our schools. Even just a few hours a week really makes a difference over the course of the year. This is a powerful example of civic engagement and our students take notice. A lot of our parents are business owners and we truly appreciate their support as community partners.”

2018 Five Star School Award recipients:

  • Ashton Elementary School – 23 years
  • Atwater Elementary School – 8 years
  • Bay Haven School of Basics Plus – 24 years
  • Cranberry Elementary School – 15 years
  • Englewood Elementary School – 22 years
  • Fruitville Elementary School – 21 years
  • Glenallen Elementary School – 20 years
  • Lakeview Elementary School – 22 years
  • Lamarque Elementary School – 11 years
  • Laurel Nokomis School – 13 years
  • Phillippi Shores Elementary School – 19 years
  • Pine View School – 11 years
  • Sarasota Academy of the Arts – 5 years
  • Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences – 7 years
  • Tatum Ridge Elementary School – 13 years
  • Taylor Ranch Elementary School – 23 years
  • Toledo Blade Elementary School – 21 years
  • Venice Elementary School – 24 years

2018 Golden School Award recipients:

  • Alta Vista Elementary School – 32 years
  • Ashton Elementary School – 37 years
  • Atwater Elementary School – 9 years
  • Bay Haven School of Basics Plus – 34 years
  • Booker High School – 35 years
  • Booker Middle School – 34 years
  • Brentwood Elementary School – 37 years
  • Brookside Middle School – 29 years
  • Cranberry Elementary School – 16 years
  • Emma E. Booker Elementary School – 27 years
  • Englewood Elementary School – 37 years
  • Fruitville Elementary School – 38 years
  • Garden Elementary School – 37 years
  • Glenallen Elementary School – 34 years
  • Gocio Elementary School – 25 years
  • Gulf Gate Elementary School – 36 years
  • Lakeview Elementary School – 31 years
  • Lamarque Elementary School – 12 years
  • Laurel Nokomis School – 37 years
  • McIntosh Middle School – 36 years
  • North Port High School – 6 years
  • Oak Park School – 37 years
  • Phillippi Shores Elementary School – 37 years
  • Pine View School – 36 years
  • Riverview High School – 33 years
  • Sarasota Academy of the Arts – 5 years
  • Sarasota Middle School – 29 years
  • Sarasota Military Academy – 14 years
  • Sarasota Military Academy Prep – 4 years
  • Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences – 7 years
  • Sarasota Suncoast Academy – 13 years
  • SKY Academy of Englewood – 3 years
  • Southside Elementary School – 38 years
  • Tatum Ridge Elementary School – 13 years
  • Taylor Ranch Elementary School – 28 years
  • Toledo Blade Elementary School – 26 years
  • Tuttle Elementary School – 38 years
  • Venice Elementary School – 38 years
  • Venice High School – 19 years
  • Venice Middle School – 36 years
  • Wilkinson Elementary School – 37 years

The Five Star School Award is presented annually by the FDOE Commissioner's Community Involvement Council to schools that have demonstrated in-depth community involvement. In order to earn this designation, a school must prove that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in business partnerships, family involvement, volunteerism, student community service and student advisory councils. Schools must also earn a grade of "C" or above, or school improvement rating of "maintaining or improving" for the year of nomination.

Similarly, the Golden School Award is issued annually. The award recognizes elementary, secondary and adult schools that report a minimum of 80 percent of school staff participation in training related to school volunteerism. Recipients must also designate a school volunteer coordinator for recruitment, placement, training and supervision of school volunteers. Additionally, the total number of hours of volunteer service of the school must equal twice the number of students enrolled in the school. Any volunteer activity that contributes to student improvement may be counted, including fundraising.

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit


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